PGA TOUR U
PGA TOUR University: Rules and Regs
January 19, 2022
By Staff , PGATOUR.COM
- January 19, 2022
- Everything you need to know about PGA TOUR University.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Players eligible for PGA TOUR University presented by Velocity Global are NCAA Division-I golfers who complete a minimum of four years in college, or who complete three years and deliver intent and proof of early college graduation.
Eligible players must:
• Exhaust four years of NCAA athletic eligibility, OR four years of college academics (with a minimum of two years of athletics), OR provide proof of college graduation (with a minimum of two years of athletics).
• Meet PGA TOUR minimum age and membership requirements.
• Play a minimum of five PGA TOUR University-ranked tournaments during the first year of the Ranking Period (Class of 2022: Week 24/2020 through Week 23/2021).
• Play in a NCAA D-I Regional Championship in the second year of the Ranking Period.
• Play in the NCAA D-I National Championship in the second year of the Ranking Period, if they qualify and are selected to compete.
Violations of Eligibility
All collegiate players will be ineligible for PGA TOUR University (in the current season and subsequent seasons) if such player competes in a Qualifying Tournament for Korn Ferry Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica or PGA TOUR Canada. An exception to this rule is that players in the current season’s Velocity Global Ranking may compete in the PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying Tournament.
All collegiate players and those who finish in the top-15 of the final Velocity Global Ranking will be ineligible for PGA TOUR University and may not accept the performance benefits associated with a top-15 finish (in the current season and subsequent seasons) if such player competes in any professional golf tournament that is not ranked by the Official World Golf Ranking, excluding such events that have been previously approved by the PGA TOUR.
PGA TOUR reserves the right to make final determinations regarding a player’s eligibility in PGA TOUR University.
At the conclusion of stroke play at the 2022 NCAA D-I Men’s National Championship, the top-15 eligible players in the final 2022 Velocity Global Ranking will earn status on the Korn Ferry Tour or a PGA TOUR international tour.
Performance benefits will only be provided to the top-15 eligible players. If a player becomes ineligible or otherwise chooses not to accept his benefits, his benefits will be forfeited and offered to the next eligible player in the final 2022 Velocity Global Ranking.
PGA TOUR University First Team
Eligible players finishing 1st-5th in the final Velocity Global Ranking will:
1. Earn Korn Ferry Tour membership and will be exempt into all open, full-field Korn Ferry Tour events beginning the week following the conclusion of the NCAA Division-I National Championship through the end of the current Korn Ferry Tour regular season;
2. Be exempt into Final Stage of the current season’s Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament; and
3. Be exempt onto a PGA TOUR international tour for the following year/season (as determined by TOUR).
PGA TOUR University Second Team
Eligible players finishing 6th-15th in the final Velocity Global Ranking will:
1. Earn membership on a PGA TOUR international tour and will be exempt into all open, full-events beginning the week following the conclusion of the NCAA Division-I National Championship through the end of the current season; and
2. Be exempt into Second Stage of the current season’s Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament.
A player named to the PGA TOUR University First or Second Team may remain an amateur and accept his playing benefits, but players do not earn prize money or non-member points when they compete as an amateur.
The Spring Checkpoint occurs in April and will be communicated to coaches and players via email. In order to preserve PGA TOUR University eligibility, a player may opt out of the current season if he intends on returning to school. PGA TOUR University must be notified, in writing, if a player wishes to opt out and reclassify to the following season’s Class. Players who reclassify will be removed from the current season’s Velocity Global Ranking.
• An eligible player who finishes in the top-15 of the final Velocity Global Ranking will earn the benefits associated with his finish. He will NOT be eligible for the next season’s PGA TOUR University Velocity Global Ranking if he chooses to return to school.
• Players who finish outside the top-15 of the final Velocity Global Ranking (as adjusted following removal of any ineligible players and those who choose not to accept top-15 playing benefits) are eligible for PGA TOUR University Velocity Global Ranking the following season if they choose to return to school.
VELOCITY GLOBAL RANKING
The Velocity Global Ranking is a proprietary system created by the PGA TOUR and designed to identify and rank collegiate players based on winning, competitiveness and season-long performance. In partnership with the World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®), PGA TOUR University ranks players based on their average performance in counting events.
PGA TOUR University counting events include NCAA Division-I men’s golf tournaments (stroke play), official PGA TOUR tournaments and select DP World Tour events. Players earn points equivalent to the number of points awarded by WAGR®, except for the NCAA D-I Men’s National Championship and missed cuts at some professional tournaments (see below).
At professional tournaments played after Week 22/2021, Velocity Global Ranking points will be awarded in the following manner.
Category 1: Masters, U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the 2022 Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic
• Players will be awarded full points based on their finish position, as currently determined by WAGR®.
• Players may receive full points at other select professional tournaments, at the discretion of PGA TOUR University and determined before the start of the tournament.
Category 2: All official PGA TOUR events, except those in Category 1
• Players who miss the cut will be awarded a maximum of 8 points. They will earn points based on their finish position, as currently determined by WAGR®, or 8 points, whichever value is smallest.
• Players who make the cut will be awarded full points based on their finish position, as currently determined by WAGR®.
• Players may receive points under this modified structure at other select professional tournaments, at the discretion of PGA TOUR University and determined before the start of the tournament.
NCAA D-I Men’s National Championship
The points distribution for the NCAA D-I Men’s National Championship is based on a Power of 1000.
Players in the current season Velocity Global Ranking will receive bonus points if they finish in the top 10 of the final stroke-play leaderboard.
1st – 15 points 6th – 5 points 2nd – 10 points 7th – 4 points 3rd – 8 points 8th – 3 points 4th – 7 points 9th – 2 points 5th – 6 points 10th – 1 point
If players tie at a position, bonus points are distributed evenly between those players. Examples:
• Two-way T3 = players in the current season Velocity Global Ranking receive 7.5 bonus points.
• Four-way T10 = players in the current season Velocity Global Ranking receive .25 bonus points.
Begins Concludes Class of 2022 Week 24/2020 30-May-22 Class of 2023 Week 23/2021 29-May-23 Class of 2024 Week 23/2022 27-May-24
The minimum divisor for the Class of 2022 is 18, and it will be applied to the season's final Velocity Global Ranking.
This policy applies to players who are eligible for PGA TOUR University and had a medical redshirt approved during the first year of his Class’s Ranking Period. In such cases, the player’s Ranking Period will include the 52 weeks immediately preceding the start of his Class’s Ranking Period, and all tournaments played during the year of his medical redshirt season will not be part of his PGA TOUR University record.
The Ranking Period for Class of 2022 players coming off a medical redshirt (2020-21) is:
• Week 24/2019 through Week 23/2020 AND Week 24/2021 through May 30, 2022
In the case of a withdrawal due to medical circumstance, the player can appeal the added Divisor by providing certified documentation to the World Amateur Golf Ranking®. PGA TOUR University will consult with WAGR® before deciding if the appeal applies to the Velocity Global Ranking.
These Rules and Regulations shall govern the operation and administration of PGA TOUR University, and they may be amended or repealed from time to time as provided in Article IX, Section H of the PGA TOUR Tournament Regulations.
Effective May 11, 2022